Wisconsin’s public school open enrollment program allows students in 4-year-old kindergarten through grade 12 to attend any public school in the state if space is available and subject to certain other restrictions. There is no tuition cost, but the parent is responsible for transportation.
Parents must apply for open enrollment between February 6 and April 28, 2017, to have their child enroll in a public school district other than the one in which they live for the 2017-2018 school year.
The best way to apply for open enrollment is online through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction at http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment. The application form will be available from midnight February 6, 2017, until 4pm on April 28, 2017. If you complete a paper application instead, it must be submitted to the nonresident school district no earlier than February 6 and no later than 4pm on April 28, 2017. A postmark does not meet this requirement. Here is a printable application.
Parents may request a specific school or program, but acceptance is not guaranteed. Parents will be notified as follows:
- On or before June 9, nonresident districts must notify applicants, in writing, whether the applications are approved or denied and must notify parents of approved students of the school or program to which the student is assigned.
- On or before June 16, resident school districts must notify applicants, in writing, if the applications are denied.
- If the application is denied, parents may submit an appeal to the Department of Public Instruction no later than 30 days after the notice of denial is postmarked or delivered to the parent, whichever occurs first.
- On or before June 30, the parents whose applications were approved must notify the nonresident district whether the child will indeed attend the nonresident school. Failure to make this notification may result in the student being unable to participate in open enrollment.
For more information or an application, contact Manitowoc Public School District at 920-686-4796 or the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction at 1-888-245-2732 or email@example.com.